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Joe Battista

From ice hockey to Intercollegiate Athletics and Smeal, Joe has been an integral part of the Penn State and State College communities since 1978. Battista was influential in the effort to bring varsity ice hockey to Happy Valley and in the building of Pegula Ice Arena. After a 2-year stint as VP of Hockey and Business administration for the Buffalo Sabres, “JoeBa” returned home to start “PRAGMATIC Passion”, LLC Consulting. Joe lives in State College with his wife Heidi (PSU ’81 &’83), daughter Brianna (PSU ’15), and son’s Jon (PSU ’16), and Ryan (State High Class of 2019).

Articles by Joe Battista

Who Rescued Who?
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Who Rescued Who?
6 days ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
Sportster was a rescue dog that brought 14 years of happiness to almost anyone he met. We lost our pal and it was a lot harder on our family than any of us imagined, including yours truly, even though we have known since his April diagnosis that it was only a matter of time. [Read More]
If Saquon Can Do It, Why Can’t You?
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If Saquon Can Do It, Why Can’t You?
3 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
You may not have his physical ability or athletic skills, but you can certainly model his insatiable work ethic, team-first attitude, and their humble demeanor, in anything you do. [Read More]
Do You Know What You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
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Do You Know What You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
5 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I would question if I really should have gone directly to college if I was emotionally immature and very uncertain about my major. What other options were available to explore? Should I have considered a gap year (or two) to work part-time and attend school part-time until I had a better feel for an [Read More]
Inspiring the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Our Youth
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Inspiring the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Our Youth
7 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We need a more practical approach to helping our teenagers manage their time and priorities in a changing world. At Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, I saw students learning not just about business, but also about leadership, communication and team building. [Read More]
A Little Piece of Happy Valley Is Always Good for the Soul
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A Little Piece of Happy Valley Is Always Good for the Soul
9 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
When you live in State College it often feels like everyone comes to visit you to get his or her little piece of Happy Valley. [Read More]
Adventures in Babysitting
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Adventures in Babysitting
11 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
We got a call from our niece asking if it would be possible for us to babysit their kids this past weekend. It turned out it would be 57-year-old Grand Uncle Joe and his 17-year-old son Ryan embarking on an adventure in babysitting. [Read More]
Summer Camp Season Is Upon Us
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Summer Camp Season Is Upon Us
13 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I may bellyache about the cost of camps, but having spent 30 years in the ice hockey camp business as a counselor, instructor and camp director, I fully understand the appeal and benefits of kids going to camp. It’s more than just learning new skills. It’s about socialization, making new friends [Read More]
It’s Always Commencement Season
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It’s Always Commencement Season
15 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
I had the honor of giving the commencement speech to the Smeal College of Business Executive MBA students at their graduation ceremonies Saturday. It got me to thinking about this word “commencement.” Seems a bit odd that we use the word to both celebrate the conclusion of an achievement, usuall [Read More]
Our Friend, the Colonel
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Our Friend, the Colonel
17 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
This Memorial Day had an extra meaning for many in the valley. We lost a great man and a true patriot when Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Bartolomea passed away on May 18 after fighting the good fight against cancer. [Read More]
Penn State Athletics in Da Burgh
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Penn State Athletics in Da Burgh
19 weeks ago - StateCollege.com - Joe Battista
May 10 was a busy time for Penn Staters in Western Pennsylvania. The Coaches Caravan featuring head football coach James Franklin was held at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh, while the Nittany Lion baseball team took on an old rival in the West Virginia Mountaineers at PNC Park, h [Read More]
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